A Choir Residency is a period of time (usually one week, but could be less) when a visiting choir takes over for the regular choir at a Cathedral.
Some of the more popular Residency Sites include Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Gloucester Cathedral, and many more throughout Britain.
Please feel free to contact our Cathedral Residency experts at Music Celebrations International and Faith Journeys to answer any questions you have.
Many thanks for your hard work on our behalf. We had a wonderful time in England singing at Exeter and Wells. The Choir Residency at Exeter Cathedral was an incredible experience.
John Balme, Director
Concordia Youth Chorale
If a service is listed, yes. Although, choirs can change around personnel to give some singers a night off. Ex. A mixed voice choir could sing one service with men’s voices one night and trebles the next.
Yes. In almost every case this is true. The organist must be able to play all services at a very high level of competency. It is possible to engage a local organist for a fee.
This is handled differently by each Cathedral, but to be safe…Yes. Have someone prepared to be Cantor.
Most Cathedrals no longer have private schools, however, there is inexpensive housing at local boarding schools and universities.
Yes. Definitely. There are noon-time concerts as well as other services and venues available.
Cathedrals within the United Kingdom can normally accommodate groups of up to 35 singers, although some have space for many more and some for fewer. We will assist you in selecting a location that will work best for your choir.
Shorter residencies are available at some Cathedrals and some have weekend only residencies for choirs that only want to sing a few services.
Yes. There are several perks that vary from Cathedral to Cathedral. Usually, your choir will get a special guided tour of the building and grounds. Some offer a special tea one day, as a thank you. You also have the opportunity to photograph your choir in and around the building and often can get permission to record the choir, in the space.
Most Cathedrals have a Choir (or Song) School within the building or nearby. You are, usually, given complete access (they will give you a key) to that space for rehearsals during the day and to store your vestments. Also, they have blocks of time, prior to each service, where you may rehearse in the choir stalls, to get used to the space and acoustic. They are usually one hour before the service, but other times may be arranged, as needed. Your organist will also have time blocked for rehearsal on the instrument.